Programming is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
Local schools are continually faced with budget cuts and are unable to bring high-quality arts programming into their schools. Given how impactful the arts can be for students, the Performing Arts Center has moved to fill this void. We’ve committed to bringing artists into schools annually for assemblies and workshops. In order to have the greatest impact on as many students as possible, artists are scheduled for multiple days, which comes at an increased cost.
"Our students and staff were extremely fortunate to have Cadence come to our school and perform. Many of our students may never have the opportunity to see a professional performance so we were thrilled to have Mr. Mitchell contact us to see if we could make it happen. Cadence provided a wonderful show that was engaging and fun for our students and staff!" - Troy Page, Principal, Port Washington Elementary School
“The students expressed that they appreciated the authenticity of Cadence and we spent some time talking about the differences between the "lights and glitter" of VoicePlay and the subdued style of Cadence. It was this difference that kept my students from really getting hyped up before the event like they did for VoicePlay. After the event, they were IN LOVE! The musical style was also very different and it gave the returning singers a chance to embrace the style of singing a cappella with less popular music.” - Melanie Glazer, Music Teacher, Indian Valley High School
"Jason Farnham's visit to Central Elementary School had a tremendous impact on our students. His warm personality and authentic ability to interact with our students promoted a genuine love of the experiences he brought to life through his musical talents. As I watched our children during the event, it was easy to see how much they were enjoying themselves. The smiles on their faces and willingness to interact and engage was priceless. Truly, it is opportunities such as this that highlight the core objective of education-to find joy in learning." - John R. Zucal, Principal, New Philadelphia Central Elementary School
Educational Outreach Facts
Since 2016, the Performing Arts Center has connected professional artists with:
- 31 Schools
- 9 Districts
- 9,547 Students